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Bears open title defense with a victory

April 25, 2011

21 for 21.

The Bunker Hill baseball team won its 21st game of the season in the opening round of the 21st annual Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic by defeating Newton-Conover for the third time this season.

The Bears (21-0), who are the defending champions of the tournament and have won 50 of their last 51 games, will face Fred T. Foard today at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 25, 2011

Peggy Drucilla Cline, 81, of Newton, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her home in Newton.  The Cline family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.

Vickie Lynn Setzer Howard, 56, of Hickory, passed away Monday, April 18, 2011, at Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba County. A memorial service will be announced at a later date by the family.

CIP plan includes $30 million in new debt

April 25, 2011

A plan to address $32.5 million in necessary Newton projects relies on more than $30 million in new debt for the city.

Plans to finance projects included in a proposed Capital Improvement Plan come as the city continues to make payments toward $27.7 million in debt. Yet, even facing the prospect of increasing that debt, the city is still well below state rules for how much debt a city can incur.

Convicted DWI investigator resigns

April 25, 2011

A Hickory Police investigator resigned a week after his DWI conviction, following a single-car accident in December.

Officer Robert Joseph Falowski, 42, of Claremont, was convicted April 14 on a Level 5 driving while impaired charge in Hickory District Court. Falowski's attorney, Gene Sigmon, filed an appeal in the ruling, which is on its way to the District Attorney's Office for a date in superior court.

Planning for $32.5 million in needs

April 25, 2011

Newton City Council is considering a five-year, $32.5 million capital improvement plan that the city manager said will address the city's most pressing needs.

Farmers market off to good start

April 25, 2011

Conover Farmers Market is open and in full swing with a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Julie Lehmann, manager of Conover Farmers Market, said Saturday's first day open for the season was off to a good start.

"(Saturday's) shoppers found spring time and were romping around the market," Lehmann said. "They were very excited to be back."

Convergys to hire 160 employees

April 25, 2011

Convergys Corporation, a global leader in relationship management, is hiring for 160 full-time positions at its contact center in Hickory.

Interested candidates from throughout the Catawba County area are invited to attend an on-site Recruitment Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Convergys, 1507 Seventh St. SE. New employees will provide customer service and sales support for a Convergys client in the telecommunications industry.

Woman car jacked at Taco Bell

April 25, 2011

A Newton woman was car jacked early Sunday morning as she was leaving a Hickory Taco Bell.
Sarah Sherard, 27, was leaving Taco Bell on U.S. 70 SE after eating with friends at about 2 a.m. Sunday. Sherard told Hickory Police that as she was driving toward the parking lot exit, a fight started in the parking lot. Sherard stopped her car and got out to go to the fight.
Sherard said as the fight was almost over, a male walked up to her, pushed her against her car, took her car keys and left the scene in Sherard's 2005 BMW X3.

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